Geothermal Energy Resources can also be Tourist Resources: Lessons from Wairakei and Rotorua-Whakarewarewa, New Zealand

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To date we have tended t o dedicate our geothermal systems to a single use; i.e. either as an energy source, as is the case with The Geysers field in California, or as a tourist reserve, as with Yellowstone National Park. With increased energy demand on a local scale we may wish to extract some energy i n some areas but at the same time retain the tourist attractions that these areas have. This is already the case in the Whakarewarewa-Rotorua area in New Zealand. The questions currently being asked of us with regard to that area are: "Is such ... continued below

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Donaldson, Ian G. December 16, 1980.

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To date we have tended t o dedicate our geothermal systems to a single use; i.e. either as an energy source, as is the case with The Geysers field in California, or as a tourist reserve, as with Yellowstone National Park. With increased energy demand on a local scale we may wish to extract some energy i n some areas but at the same time retain the tourist attractions that these areas have. This is already the case in the Whakarewarewa-Rotorua area in New Zealand. The questions currently being asked of us with regard to that area are: "Is such combined use possible?" "How much energy will be available (or what are the energy costs of the retention of the tourist features)?" and What are the costs i n terms of the t o u r i s t f 11 e a t u r e s of various levels of energy extraction?" As these questions are almost certain to be asked elsewhere in the future it is relevant t o introduce and discuss them here. In this attempt at some answers, I will look first at our experience in the Wairakei, New Zealand, area and then discuss the Whakarewarewa- Xotorua case.

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  • Proceedings, Sixth Workshop Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, December 16-18, 1980

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Donaldson, Ian G. Geothermal Energy Resources can also be Tourist Resources: Lessons from Wairakei and Rotorua-Whakarewarewa, New Zealand, article, December 16, 1980; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc876627/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.